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1…………> Kerala Floods: Death Toll Raising
Rescuers used helicopters and boats to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people, with hospitals facing shortages of oxygen and gas station short on fuel in a situation called “really heartbreaking” by the authorities.
With heavy rains taking a pause this week, rescuers moved quickly to move flood-stranded citizens to 1,500 state-run camps.
They used more than a dozen helicopters and about 400 boats across the state, and a top elected official told reporters that at least 324 people had died and more than 220,000 had taken refuge in the camps.
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Update: #Paravur, #Ernakulam Garud Commando of @IAF_MCC from
Southern Air Command evacuating a 101 yr old lady with some serious medical issues by winching from a Mi17 helicopter.
4:05 AM – Aug 17, 2018
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2…………>Iraq’s Edenic Marshlands: Drying Out
The famed Marshlands of Mesopotamia, hailed by many as the location of the biblical Garden of Eden, once covered some 20,000 square kilometers, were drained by Saddam in the 1990’s, and now, after more than a decade of reflooding efforts, they are drying out again.
Many locals have been forced to migrate from the dry, heat cracked, a bare earth that surrounds their villages due to time, climate change, poor resources management, and dams further upstream in a search of water.
3…………> “A Good Person”: Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday defended his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as a “good person,” as a jury at a Virginia federal court entered the second day of deliberations in Manafort’s bank and tax fraud trial.
“I think the whole Manafort trial is unfortunate,” Trump told reporters in White House before departing for fundraising events in New York.
“He worked for me for a concise period,” Trump said of Manafort.
“He happens to be a perfect person.”
The president didn’t answer when asked if he is prepared to pardon Manafort, a veteran lobbyist who joined Trump’s campaign team in March 2016 and spent three months as Trump’s campaign chairman until mid-August of that year.
4…………> Sore Losers: Dem’s Amendment
A new US constitutional amendment will be proposed in Congress next week that if passed would prevent President Trump from revoking security clearances at his discretion, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, said in a statement.
“I will be introducing an amendment next week to block the President from punishing and intimidating his critics by arbitrarily revoking security clearances. Stay tuned,” Warner said in a Twitter post after
President Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of the president, which drew the ire of opponents and free speech advocates.
5…………> Market Report 08/17/2018, sell stop 25450, CG(12,302), 11/22/17
Extended position at 24400, sell stop 25400 for a gain of 1000 DIA points closed. Short post established at 25380, covering short at 25300 for an increase of 80 DIA points. New position extended 25300, sell stop at 25450 for a gain of 150 DIA points.
Stocks up 111 at 25669, DJ futures +110, attempt to stage a short covering rally continuing due to anti-tariff talks with China.
Gold up to 1191.1 and USD/CHF down 0.99 due to President Trump setting tariffs on Chinese products. Translation? As the dollar goes down, we have to wait and see if the new Fed Chair Jerome Powell will continue pressuring gold and the Eurasian block with it down below $1000/oz in an economic WW3. Watch sell stop at 25,450.
We have to wait and see if new Fed chair Powell will attempt to destroy Eurasian block by sending gold prices below 1000, despite the fact both Russia and China have been buying their whole gold production in local gold backed currency instead of money printing machines. In other words, US has lost controls of the precious metals complex, and with Trump’s infrastructure and tax cut campaign the National debt will soon be at, or over 30 trillion dollars, since D.C. swamp alligators have no intention dropping their pet projects. Read “Ziban Must Die” for more details on the coming collision of Trump’s administration with “Deep State” operators funded by the billionaires’ supporters of the New World Disorder.
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